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  • Traipsing through temples in Bangkok
    Traipsing through temples in Bangkok
    The sunset paints the sky in burnt orange and yellow illuminating the ancient Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and red and blue longtail boats at the edge of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River—an ultimate sawasdee or Thai welcoming to any visitor....
  • Happiness
    Developing true happiness
    It is everyone's life mission to be happy. Every sentient being wants happiness and a good life. And so it is also our life's mission to develop that happiness, for and from ourselves, from within. It is unfortunate that we live in a world...
  • Mummified mummy found inside Buddha statue: 1,000 years old
    Mummy hides inside statue for 1,000 years: Buddha statue harbors very old monk
    A mummy was found inside a Buddha statue that dates back 1,000 years. This mummy, which was neatly fit inside the statue many centuries ago, really opens the door for researchers. This is the only mummy of its kind available in the West for...
  • People praying
    The different kinds of Buddhists
    If we really had to point it out, we can say that there are six "kinds" of Buddhists. Some of these Buddhists are born Buddhists, other find it, while some just think it's cool. Titling ourselves as Buddhist is like titling ourselves...
  • Buddha and Bodhisattvas
    The ten levels of a Bodhisattva
    The ten levels of the Bodhisattva (Ten Bodhisattva Bhūmi) are the stages to the path of enlightenment.Each stage represents a level of attainment and serves as a basis for the next level. Each level marks a definite advancement in one’s...
  • Buddhist Prayer
    Buddhist prayer
    Prayer comes in all shapes, sizes, and forms, and it's part of every major religion's practices. But prayer in Buddhism is much different. Because Buddhism is nontheistic, it is a mind-centered religion, so there's not anything or...
  • Buddhist prayer beads
    Benefits of Buddhist prayer beads
    What is the proper way to use the beads, and what are the benefits?Chanting, of course, is a method of meditation. It gives you that focus and concentration on the words you’re saying, and by constantly hearing the words and furthering your...
  • Finding spirituality on the American road
    The spiritual giggles in 'Breakfast With Buddha'
    It is often said that it is in humor that the truth dwells. Comedians claim a rare position, in that they have fairly free rein to poke fun at serious subjects. It is also said that those with a sense of humor are often more intuitive and...
  • Deep rooted self finds illumination in the Taurean Full Moon
    Deep rooted earthly Taurus holds its ground this Full Moon
    Finding abundance from within, in a deep rich earthly manner, is what this Full Moon in Taurus is going to engage our spirit to follow. Abundance is not just dealing with material concerns; it is also the abundance of life’s joy and power...
  • Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva
    Dealing with difficult people the Buddhist way
    In the mundane world, we deal with difficult people almost on a daily basis. Whether they’re classmates, co-workers, bosses, neighbors, or random people – difficult people are everywhere! As Buddhist, we should know how to deal with...
  • Meditation Area
    Buddhism for non-Buddhists
    Buddhism makes up the world's fourth largest world religion and one of the oldest. Religion in general has been slowly decreasing in many countries around the world as society changes and technology advances, but Buddhism has been one of the...
  • Buddhas
    Telling the difference between Buddha statues
    For non-Buddhists, and even for some Buddhists, it's sometimes hard to tell the difference of what buddha statue is of what buddha. Depending on the country and school of Buddhism the statue is at, that'll give you a small clue, otherwise,...
  • Buddha and Jesus
    Buddhism and Christianity (or any other religion)
    Many visitors in the West that go to Buddhist temples are in factnot Buddhists. It's the simple curiosity of what Buddhism is, what Buddhist actually do, and what do they believe in that ignites people's curiosity to take action. This is a...
  • Impermanence
    Impermanence and letting go
    Letting go is one of the hardest things we try to do. It was easier getting into a PhD program than it was letting go of my phone that was “in the shop” for two days! Why? Because we have this misconceived notion that “things...
  • Taichung Tzu-shan Temple
    Do's and don'ts when visiting a Buddhist temple
    It’s always important no matter what religious place you go to, to always be respectful, whether you’re a religious or spiritual person or not. Many temples will have a sign or brochure that has some “Temple etiquette”...